The Curious Researcher, MLA Update Edition

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach,The Curious Researcherstresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information. KEY BENEFIT: Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Readers are encouraged to find ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with "facts." Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and documenting source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills. Topics include information on selecting a research topic, the latest information on Internet research, advice on structuring a research paper, and full treatment of MLA and APA citation formats. Research, General Interest

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper
Learning and Unlearning
Using This Book
The Exercises
The Five-Week Plan
Alternatives to the Five-Week Plan
The Research Paper and the Research Report
Discovering Your Purpose
How Formal Should It Be?
When "Bad"
Writing Is Good
Thinking Like an Academic Writer
"Essaying" or Arguing?
The Research Essay and Academic Writing
Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities
"It's Just My Opinion"
Facts Don't Kill
The Question Habit
The First Week
The Importance of Getting Curious
Learning to Wonder Again
Getting the Pot Boiling
Other Ways to Find a Topic
What Is a Good Topic?
Making the Most of an Assigned Topic
Developing a Working Knowledge
Research Strategies
Narrowing the Subject
Circling the Lighthouse
From Landscape Shots to Close-Ups
Possible Purposes for a Research Assignment
Reading for Research
Reading Rhetorically
Reading like an Outsider
The Second Week
Developing a Research Strategy
Google vs. the Library
A Complementary Research Strategy
Find Sufficient Information by Using the Best Search Terms
Find Varied Sources
Find Quality Sources
Developing Focused Knowledge
What About a Thesis?
Library Research Techniques
Finding Books
Understanding Call Numbers
Advanced Internet Research Techniques
Types of Search Engines
Living Sources: Interviews and Surveys
Arranging Interviews
Planning Informal Surveys
Conducting Surveys
The Third Week
Writing in the Middle
Becoming an Activist Notetaker
Recognizing Plagiarism
I Read What You Said and Borrowed It, Okay?
Why Plagiarism Matters
Sources Are from Mars, Notetakers Are from Venus
Notetaking Techniques
The Double-Entry Journal
Other Notetaking Techniques
The Research Log: A Jay Leno Approach
Narrative Notetaking
Online Research Notebooks
When You're Coming Up Short: More Advanced Searching Techniques
Advanced Library Searching Techniques
Advanced Internet Search Techniques
Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Sources
The Fourth Week
Getting to the Draft
When the Experts Disagree
An Application Example
Deciding Whether to Say I
Beginning at the Beginning
Deciding on a Voice
Writing for Reader Interest
Organizing the Draft
Delaying Thesis Structure
Question-Claim Structure
Essaying or Arguing: An Example
Writing with Sources
Quick Tips for Controlling Quotations
Grafting Quotes
Sandwiching Quotes
Billboarding Quotes
Splicing Quotes
Citing Sources
An Alternative to Colliding Footnotes
I Hate These Theses to Pieces
Driving Through the First Draft
The Fifth Week
Revising for Purpose
The Thesis as a Tool for Revision
Using a Reader
Attacking the Draft
Revising for Information
Finding Quick Facts
Revising for Language
Listening to the Voice, How to Control Information
Scrutinizing Paragraphs
Scrutinizing Sentences
Stock Phrases in Research Papers
Preparing the Final Manuscript
Considering "Reader-Friendly"
Following MLA Conventions
Proofreading Your Paper
Looking Back and Moving On
Guide to MLA Styles
Citing Sources in Your Essay
Preparing the "Works Cited" Page
Student Essay in MLA Style
Guide to APA Style
How the Essay Should Look
Citing Sources in Your Essay
Preparing the "References" List
Sample Paper in APA Style
Understanding Research Assignments
Analyzing the Purpose of the Assignment
Argumentative Research: Open or Closed?
Emphasis on Formal Qualities
Types of Evidence: Primary or Secondary
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